Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Images from top:  1. Jakfruit  //  2. Made from Scratch  //  3. Planete Deco  //  4. Mitzy at Home  //  5. Dot and Bo  //  6. Domino Mag  //  7. Say Yes  //  8. The Design Chaser  //  9. Faring Well  //  10. Vtwonen

I think many of us can admit that we never quite live up to our own expectations during the holiday season. I absolutely love this time of year (which says a lot for a full-blooded summer girl who despises winter), and starting mid-November, I begin to compile a list in my head of all of the decor projects I want to do, cookies I want to bake, shopping outings I want to have, hot chocolate filled holiday light drives I want to take, etc. I have the best intentions, I really do, but they ultimately end up falling through the cracks. This year more than ever I feel behind. I've taken on more work projects over the last month or so than ever before, Essley is beginning to live up to being an almost two year old (in the best of ways, but man), and I could basically give birth to this massive baby in my belly at any time. I've only put out a few decorations, I've barely started shopping, and I certainly haven't allowed myself the time to relax and enjoy the season. I've vowed to make that time though, starting this weekend. And for inspiration and motivation to do just that, I've gathered up some of my favorite holiday images that I've come across lately. Since I'm guessing many of you are in the same boat in terms of holiday expectations vs. holiday reality, hopefully these beautiful photos will be a reminder that it really is the most wonderful time of the year.



  1. I can empathize. I am so behind on everything this year, even though I'm usually the first one to finish making gifts and sending cards. Oh well.
    Beautiful inspirations! I love the packaging and those cookies :)

  2. It is the jolliest! I love this Season. Here in Paris is not too cold and no snow ;(

    1. It is warm here in Chicago too. I like it though because I know it will be freezing so enough! :)

  3. Whenever I see beautiful inspiration photos like these, especially for Christmas, it makes my own efforts at decorating feel incredibly lazy - but then I remember I have to live in my home, not just take photos of it, so I'll leave all of the pretty decor for someone else and stick with my three foot three ;) These photos are gorgeous, though!

  4. I feel the same way! We're hosting, which we don't normally do, I had a big sponsored opportunity pop up and that's taken a lot of my time, I had normal odds and ends from work, and we had to buy/make gifts for 17 people. It's insane, but since my birthday is tomorrow I'm going to chill for real. Wishing you some downtime! :-)

  5. These pictures are so beautiful and inspiring! I am always behind at Christmastime but this year I have somehow managed to get almost all my shopping done already. I can't wait to relax and enjoy the holiday though.

  6. I haven't done any decorating or shopping, those pictures make me want to cook up some hot cocao and listen to holiday tunes!


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